I can give up this game whenever I like, I just don’t want to yet

A simple Google search on the term ‘Football Manager addiction’ brings up over 900,000 results. Hell, there’s even been a book written on the subject. We’ve all heard the stories of dressing in suits for cup finals, shaking hands with the door knob before a match and the game we all love causing divorces or even saving people’s lives (read this post if you haven’t already). ‘Football Manager Stole My Life’ scratched the surface and shared stories to a wider audience, but I wanted to dig deeper. Yes, we all say we’re addicted to Football Manager, but are we really?

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Addicted to Football Manager: @ZeGermanFM

Way back at the end of 2014, I undertook a project where I reached out to the Football Manager community on Twitter and asked for their stories and opinions in regards to being addicted to Football Manager, with specific questions (the ones in bold below) loosely based on the definition of ‘behavioural addiction’. The project was really well received by the community, but the output was just the one blog post (linked to above) in which I collated a selection of the feedback I got. There is some great stories just sitting in my email inbox, so I’ve decided to dedicate a couple of separate posts to some of the feedback I got from specific members of our great community.

First up is @ZeGermanFM!

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Addicted to Football Manager: @MerryGuido

As I mentioned in last week’s post where I introduced @ZeGerman’s story of being addicted to Football Manager, there’s some cracking stories from the Football Manager community just sitting in my inbox. This series of posts will share these stories and underline how completely addicted to Football Manager we all are. Feel free to get in touch too and share your own story.

Up today is @MerryGuido!

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Addicted to Football Manager: @RealTimeFM

If you missed the last couple of blogs, you can catch up with @ZeGermanFM and @MerryGuido being addicted to Football Manager by clicking on the links in their names.

This series of posts will share some cracking stories of our community being addicted to Football Manager. Today’s is particularly good. He needs no introduction, it’s @RealTimeFM.

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Addicted to Football Manager: @ed_wilson87

Over the last few weeks I’ve been posting the stories I received from members of the Twitter FM community while I was writing a post on being addicted to Football Manager. Today’s is quite timely, since he sent me his story he’s arguably become even more addicted. Addicted enough to start recording a podcast all about Football Manager. If you haven’t listened to the the Deep Lying Podcast yet, you’re missing out.

He is…@ed_wilson87!

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Addicted to Football Manager: @BusttheNet

Everyone enjoying the Addicted to Football Manager series so far? Yeah? Good! Here’s another one for you today! If you’ve missed any so far and want to catch up, there’s links at the bottom of the post. If you want to catch up on what the hell this is all about, best to read my initial post on really being addicted to Football Manager.

Up today is @BusttheNet!

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FM16 Summary and FM17 Plans

I have a really bad memory. I’ve purchased every edition of the game since CM01/02, so when it comes to Football Manager, the years and versions almost roll into one. Some things stick out along the way. My Champions League win with Man Utd on CM01/02, with Djibril Cisse scoring an extra time winner, another Champions League win with Celtic on FM15 (in the first season, I might add. I know, ridiculous right?), I’d struggle to tell you what saves I did in between that though.

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